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"A poignant feature-length documentary about family, friendship and gay rights." Currently screening at film festivals!
"A poignant feature-length documentary about family, friendship and gay rights." Currently screening at film festivals!
478 backers pledged $84,019 to help bring this project to life.

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The Guys Next Door

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April 10, 2015 

Wow, we reached our first Stretch Goal of $80k! We're so happy to see that over 460 donors share our dream of championing gay families and want to get this film to audiences. It's because of you that we can:

★ Bring back our editor! 
★ Finish a fine cut of the film!
★ Hire a composer to create an original score!

THANK YOU!

We're coming down to the final hours and we have a match donation!

If we raise another $2,500 through Kickstarter before our deadline on Saturday, April 11th at 11:59pm, a generous couple has offered us a dollar-for-dollar match!

That means if you donate now, your donation will be worth twice as much! If we're successful, we will be able to hire an Italian translator for the film!

Why do we need an Italian translator? Well, we filmed some amazing scenes when we were in Italy and they are all in Italian! We need to add English sub-titles to the scenes in Italian.

April 4, 2015

HELP US FUND AN ORIGINAL SCORE!

Check out this clip from the trailer before and after it was scored. Which one do you like more? Our next milestone (stretch goal) is to fund an Original Score. Will you donate today and help us bring our total Kickstarter funding to $80K. With your help, we can meet this stretch goal before our April 11th deadline!

March 20, 2015

THANKS FOR HELPING US REACH OUR FIRST GOAL

We did it! Thanks to all of you, we reached our initial goal of $60K. Incredible! And, a generous donor added $10K which brought our total to $70K. We are deeply grateful for all of your support. And we would like to build on the momentum you have generated!

What comes next? Making it a professional film! We need to continue to raise funds to hire the experts – composers, sound designers and color correction artists, graphic designers, translators – to deliver a completed film that can be broadcast on national and international television, shown in theaters and at film festivals. And, the deadline on Kickstarter is April 11th!

Our initial Kickstarter goal of $60K enables us to edit a fine-cut of the film and submit it to festivals and broadcasters. And our flow chart below shows our additional milestones (aka stretch goals) we need to reach as well as the money that we’ll need to get there. The first stretch goal is $20K for an ORIGINAL SCORE! We’re already halfway there! Will you help us reach this goal and bring our total Kickstarter funding to $80K?

EXCITING NEWS: MATCHING DONOR AND NEW REWARD!

March 18, 2015

We have less than $10K to go before we reach our $60K Kickstarter goal! If we can reach our goal by this Monday, March 23, a generous donor has pledged a matching gift of $10K. The $60K will allow us to edit the film and the additional $10K will pay for part of our original score. Please help us reach this new goal by March 23rd!

AND...

Check out this NEW REWARD: Cast and Crew “Family Dinner” available on Kickstarter NOW!

If you already pledged and want to claim this reward, please go to our FAQ section for directions.

THE GUYS NEXT DOOR invites you into the home of Erik and Sandro, a married gay couple with two daughters, birthed by their friend Rachel. In her forties, Rachel has three biological children with her husband Tony.

Award-winning filmmakers, Allie Humenuk and Amy Geller follow this extended family for over three and a half years capturing life as it unfolds. Told with humor and grace, this feature-length documentary is a poignant story of family, friendship and gay rights.

Champion gay rights and gay families!

DONATE TODAY! (All donations are tax deductible.)



MEET THE GUYS NEXT DOOR

Sandro was raised Catholic on the remote island of Sardinia in Italy. Fearful of being rejected, Sandro never "came out" to his mother, who died just weeks before he met Erik in New York. Now a father, Sandro experiences a profound parental shift and begins to reevaluate his relationship with his mother.

Erik, like Sandro, has a complicated relationship with his mother, Ellie. Her homophobic upbringing made her fear her son’s apparent homosexuality. She adored Erik but discouraged any perceived feminine behavior when he was a child. It was difficult for Erik to “come out,” in part because he internalized his mother’s homophobia. He does not want to pass this onto his children.

Rachel and Tony, a traditional married couple, live in the suburbs with their three teenage children. But there’s nothing traditional about Rachel’s decision, at 41, to become a surrogate for Erik, her friend from college, and his husband Sandro. Not once, but twice within 2 years. 

By helping her gay friends to have daughters, Rachel makes a deeply personal decision that has political implications. With the support of Tony and their children, she affirms gay rights and same-sex parenting.



WHY THIS FILM, WHY NOW?

"The best way to change hearts and minds is through media."
 - Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD.

While we were shooting, this country reached a tipping point in the fight for same-sex unions. Thirty-seven states plus Washington DC have now legalized gay marriage. And in late June 2015, the US Supreme Court will make a groundbreaking decision on whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Still, gay families in America face discrimination.

This is where the film can make a difference. Like GLAAD’S Sarah Kate Ellis, we believe that if people see what a loving and complex gay family looks like, it changes minds.



MEET THE FILMMAKERS

Allie Humenuk (Director, Producer, Director of Photography) is an award-winning documentarian ("Shadow of the House") and Emmy-nominated cinematographer. She has taught film and video production at Harvard University and Massachusetts College of Art.

Amy Geller (Director, Producer, Sound Recordist) is a veteran documentary and television producer ("For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism"). She most recently served as the Artistic Director of The Boston Jewish Film Festival.

Rachel Clark (Editor) is a three-time Emmy nominated editor, who has worked for clients such as the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the BBC, PBS, the National Geographic Channel, and Cinemax. She edited the HBO documentary “Have you seen Andy?” and “Family Affair” which was the first documentary acquired by OWN.



WHAT HAVE WE DONE SO FAR?

Thanks to a group of generous supporters, as well as several foundations, we’ve been able to follow these two interconnected families for over three years. From New York to Boston to Maine to Sardinia, Italy, our 2-person crew - Humenuk shoots and Geller takes sound - was there to capture life as it unfolds. Here’s a timeline of our progress:

OUR LONG-TERM GOALS

★ Screen the film at film festivals, on television, in community screenings, 
and in theaters. 

★ Work with human rights, LGBTQ and surrogacy organizations, 
grassroots community groups, and even some religious groups to develop a toolkit which can be used to educate both families and young people about marriage equality, gay parenting, and gay rights in general. 

★ Encourage dialogue about how different families are created and
engender more acceptance of nontraditional families.




HOW WILL $60,000 MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

We’re at a CRITICAL POINT in the filmmaking process. $60,000 enables us to bring back editor extraordinaire, Rachel Clark, and to complete a fine cut of the film by early fall. (Fine cut - a version of the film in which the story editing is finished.) 

With a fine cut we can take advantage of interest from BROADCASTERS, like PBS, and FILM FESTIVALS, like Sundance, who requested to see the film this fall. With a broadcaster and/or a major film festival attached, we will be more likely to raise the finishing funds to complete the film and share it with audiences around the world.



HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?

Kickstarter is the world’s largest platform for funding creative projects. 

When you support our project, you can choose to receive one of our AWESOME REWARDS

The Dixie Chicks signed this guitar for supporters of the film!
The Dixie Chicks signed this guitar for supporters of the film!

Stay tuned because we will be adding a few more rewards! If you just want to donate, you can choose to pledge a $$ amount without receiving a reward. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE and go through our fiscal sponsor, the Center for Independent Documentary.

For this campaign to be successful, we must raise the full $60,000 by April 11th. If we don't, we won’t receive any of the pledged money. We’re confident that, thanks to your support and your help spreading the word, we will get there!



HOW TO BACK THIS PROJECT?

Donating on Kickstarter is SIMPLE and SECURE, and available to everyone around the world.

① Log into your Kickstarter account, or create a new account. 

② Click the green “Back This Project” button at the top of this page. 

③ Enter your pledge amount and select a reward tier (this is the reward you want to receive). If you don't want a reward, select No Reward.  

④  Submit your payment information and that’s it!

You should receive a confirmation email moments after you submit your payment information. Kickstarter accepts debit or credit cards associated with Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. All payments are in US dollars. Note: Your card will only be charged after April 11th, and only if we are successful and reach our goal.

Need help? We're here for you. If you have questions at any time, during or after the campaign has closed, email us at info@asquaredfilms.com.

International Backers 
➠ We will ship most rewards worldwide, with the exception of Cuba, Myanmar/Burma, Iran, Sudan, Syria, and Russia. Please note that you may be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region.



WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

In addition to making a financial pledge (for which we’re so very grateful!), please BE AN OUTREACH CHAMPION for THE GUYS NEXT DOOR. Help us get the word out about this Kickstarter campaign.

①   Email this page to friends, family, and anyone else you know who you think should hear about this film!

②  “Like” us on Facebook.

③  Invite your friends to “Like” us on Facebook

④  Tweet about this Kickstarter campaign. How about this? You can just copy and paste!

I backed @guys_nextdoor on @kickstarter. Help this inspiring #docu on #GayParenting and #GayRights get to audiences! http://kck.st/1A6LzK2

⑤  Click SHARE THIS PROJECT at the top of this page (just below the  trailer)! You'll be helping your friends discover this Kickstarter campaign.

 

Risks and challenges

In the three and a half years of production on this project, Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk have: wrapped all filming in America and in Italy; launched a successful friends and family fundraising campaign; applied for and received several grants; finished a rough cut of the film; and secured significant interest from broadcasters and film festivals.

Both filmmakers have experience directing and producing feature-length documentaries, and they are aware that there are potential risks involved in filmmaking. However, due to their expertise and their professional networks, they are confident that they will overcome any unforeseen challenges and deliver THE GUYS NEXT DOOR to audiences.

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    OUR FRIENDS AT THE HANDSOME FATHER WANT TO CELEBRATE FATHERHOOD WITH YOU! They want supporters of THE GUYS NEXT DOOR to receive their must-have Father’s Day gift set for every handsome father or father-to-be. The set includes: Two complimentary tickets to The Handsome Father’s Father’s Day Brunch in the city of your choice: Austin, Dallas or New York City (Saturday, June 20th); Two limited-edition The Handsome Father t-shirts or our Dad-to-be In-Training t-shirts; Two The Handsome Father bumper stickers and wristbands. (Transportation and lodging not included)

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    JOIN US IN P-TOWN FOR FAMILY WEEK! The Family Equality Council wants you to attend the 20th Annual FAMILY WEEK in Provincetown, Massachusetts (July 25th - August 1st). It's the largest annual gathering of LGBTQ parents and their families in the world. Your family of four will get free adult and child registration PLUS Kidapalooza and youth programming registration. We're also going to be there! Look for your name in the credits on the festival version of the film when it's released. (Transportation and lodging not included)

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    NORAH JONES LOVES THE GUY NEXT DOOR. And we love Norah Jones! For your generosity, the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter wants to give you a signed CD. We're also going to put your name in the credits and send you the Family Package!

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    THE DIXIE CHICKS SIGNED A GUITAR FOR YOU! That's right, each member of one of the most successful country groups in history, signed a guitar for you. Anyone who supports gay families is a rock star and deserves a rock star's guitar! Look for your name in the credits when the film is released!

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